Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the 2014/15 English Premier League season will be tough, but he is confident his team can challenge for the title if they take points off the top teams.
The Gunners get their league campaign underway on Saturday against Crystal Palace and Wenger says they have to rise to the challenges that stumped them last season which means winning games against teams not challenging for the title.
“I believe we have a chance because we were a long time top of the league last year,” said Wenger.
“It is difficult to know how much better the other teams will be. We have some challenges we have of course to face that we did not face well last year, and that means we have to take more points from the top teams.
“That will be our real challenge this year and also to keep the consistency against the teams who do not fight for the championship.
“We finished fourth last year and made 79 points. Man City won it with 86, so it was very tight in the top four, that is one or two games.
“If you win against them, they have three points less and you have three points more, that means it is down to one game.
“So it is very difficult to predict. The only thing you know is that it will be tough.”